Foreign tourist permits needed?

#1 Jun 30th, 2018, 03:12
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Hi Folks,

It's that time of year when an old man's thoughts turn to visiting India again!

Assam region has never been on my radar, but quite fancy a train ride to this area.

I gather that some areas are off limits to tourists, and maybe some areas are not sensible to visit, due to local "unrest"?

The following places are stations that the train would pass through, I have no idea if these are popular and routine places, or if this route is problematic?


20 RPH RAMPUR HAT
21 MLDT MALDA TOWN
22 BOE BARSOI JN
23 KNE KISHANGANJ
24 NJP NEW JALPAIGURI
25 NCB NEW COOCH BEHAR
26 NOQ NEW ALIPURDAUR
27 NBQ NEW BONGAIGAON
28 RNY RANGIYA
29 KYQ KAMAKHYA

Things very much in the "it may not happen at all" phase just now, but any thoughts would be helpful...

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#2 Jun 30th, 2018, 13:44
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Hi Folks,

It's that time of year when an old man's thoughts turn to visiting India again!

Assam region has never been on my radar, but quite fancy a train ride to this area.

I gather that some areas are off limits to tourists, and maybe some areas are not sensible to visit, due to local "unrest"?

The following places are stations that the train would pass through, I have no idea if these are popular and routine places, or if this route is problematic?


20 RPH RAMPUR HAT
21 MLDT MALDA TOWN
22 BOE BARSOI JN
23 KNE KISHANGANJ
24 NJP NEW JALPAIGURI
25 NCB NEW COOCH BEHAR
26 NOQ NEW ALIPURDAUR
27 NBQ NEW BONGAIGAON
28 RNY RANGIYA
29 KYQ KAMAKHYA

Things very much in the "it may not happen at all" phase just now, but any thoughts would be helpful...

Ed.
If you are just passing through by train you will have no issues at any of these places. There is the occasional rail roko if there's a protest but I have never heard of tourists on trains being attacked during such instances.

Also, try to take a train that follows the Siliguri - New Mal - Hasimara - Alipurduar (not New Alipurduar) route to get from NJP to Kamakhya/Guwahati, it is far more scenic.
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Thanks for the reply, and the tip for the scenic route.

I assume that no "permits" are required to visit these places?

Probably the permit need is for the border areas near China etc...?

Any further thoughts or tips appreciated...

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#4 Jun 30th, 2018, 20:11
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You don't need permits for Assam, for the other North-East states see here.

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